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10 July 2015

Bringing Triple P back home

An estimated extra 140,000 parents and carers across the state of Queensland, Australia – the birthplace of Triple P – will now be able to access free Triple P support thanks to a $6.6 million rollout.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a state government initiative that will give more local families access to the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.

“I am passionate about making sure every Queensland child has the support they need to live happy and successful lives,” said Ms Palaszczuk.

“This program is about giving parents a helping hand and access to strategies to build the skills and confidence they need to give their kids the best start in life”.

As a result, Triple P services in Queensland will enjoy a much higher public profile, with families continuing to choose a public or private provider and the type of Triple P suitable for their family based on their own preferences and situation.


The result of over 30 years of ongoing research, Triple P, which was developed at the University of Queensland, is also the state’s biggest social services export and has helped millions of families in 25 countries. Over the years, many new interventions have been added to the Triple P system to keep pace with society’s and families’ changing needs.


Following on from recent high-profile successful population trials in the USA and Ireland, it’s especially fitting for the home-grown international success story to be re-introduced to a new generation of local families.


Queensland Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said the two-year trial would give Queensland families voluntary access to a range of programs. These will include Selected Seminars, Discussion Groups, Group Triple P, and Primary Care and Standard Triple P, as well as Triple P Online. The range of interventions will be available for parents of children up to 12, with the same Teen Triple P range for parents of adolescents up to 16 year olds.


Treasurer Curtis Pitt said practitioners already working in the field at both government and non-government organizations would be trained to deliver Triple P directly to parents.

Carol Markie-Dadds, project director at Triple P International  (the social enterprise created to disseminate Triple P around the world) congratulated the Queensland Government for providing universal access to an evidence-based system of parenting support that would have lasting impacts across the state.


“We know from evidence of large-scale rollouts of Triple P in other communities around the world that when parents become more confident about their role, significant change can occur,” said Ms Markie-Dadds.